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Tech Tuesday: Pixelstick Kickstarter Preview

November 5, 2013

By RF Staff

I've been obsessed with light painting for a while and have been intrigued by the Lowel GL-1 and the Westcott Ice Light. But a Kickstarter project from Bitbanger Labs seeking funding for Pixelstick recently caught my attention.

Although Pixelstick seems more geared toward creative light painting than simply illuminating wedding receptions, the device's light output is so diverse that its use is limited only by a photographer's imagination. In addition to painting with solid or multi-colored light, Pixelstick is equipped with an SD slot so you can project images or designs you've created in an image editor.

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Its lightweight aluminum housing contains 198 full color RGB LEDs with a separate control box to program the light, choose images, adjust brightness, tint, firing speed, vertical flp and left/right directions. The stick can spin freely for circular patterns or the handle can be locked in place for more controlled linear or curved painting techniques. The kit breaks down into two 3-foot lengths, which are connected in the center, so it might be a little unwieldy especially compared to the Lowel GL-1 and Westcott Ice Light, but the Pixelstick offers so many more options that its length is a minor concern. The device is powered by 8 AA batteries, is compatible with remote camera triggers and has a "mounting channel" along the back that accepts 1/4-20" threaded bolts.

The project has met more than twice its goal and, as of this morning, there were still some deals available at $300 for an early-bird price. If you're interested, you have until December 13 to back the Pixelstick project and the developers estimate a delivery date of May 2014. I've never backed a Kickstarter project before but this one was way too cool for me to pass up.

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